Here’s what I’ve learned deploying Android phones throughout my business.
Lesson #1: Unless you’re careful, too much software brings Android to its knees. Google made its mobile computers like any computer: They run more than one program at a time. Android phones can multitask mobile stuff like telephony, SMS and e-mail with complex apps like turn-by-turn directions, accounting packages and social networking tools. Initially, all this Android worked well. But as our demos wore on and we loaded more apps, installed more contacts and sent more e-mail — that is, as we did more real business — all these programs running at once stressed the phones’ limited processors and memory. Performance began to lag. And I mean, lag… Google says it is not responsible for how third-party apps perform on its phones, and it stands behind the performance of Android in its factory configuration.
MacDailyNews Take: In other words: Android’s multitasking-done-wrong is a selling point, not something for which Google claims responsibility or stands behind.
Lesson #2: Relying on voice recognition for business tools is a no-no. Google has made great play of its new voice recognition tools, which are featured on most Android devices. And for simple business tasks — like saying “Dial Steve” in a quiet office — the system brings a hip, gee-whiz factor to your business day. But take an Android phone out into the real world — say, in a car trying to get to a pitch meeting — and the voice recognition falls flat. In more than six months of testing this service in noisy vehicles, across many phones, we couldn’t get it to work even once… Google maintains that its voice recognition software is stable and opens its device to many new uses. But a company spokeswoman acknowledged that it’s also ‘a work in progress’ and will evolve.
MacDailyNews Take: Perpetual beta; Google’s specialty.
Lesson #3: Assume that you, your employees and your customers won’t be able to read much on an Android phone. I’m sorry, but this one is really a black eye for Google: Without exception, every Android device we touched relies on tiny type — like 4 points or smaller — to display data on ludicrously crowded text-oriented user interfaces and menus. I am blessed with decent vision, but many of my employees are not. Certain functions — system controls, advanced search, shopping for apps on the Andriod Market — required reading glasses, very bright lights and even a magnifying glass from time to time.
MacDailyNews Take: Ah, who needs to be able to read a text-heavy UI designed – patent infringement issues notwithstanding – by a search engine / advertising company? Maybe you Android sufferers can attached one of those cool little green Android keychains to your magnifying glasses?
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